Inexpensive Centerpieces

January 29, 2012 · 8 comments

in Crafts

If you’re cooking up something special for your Valentine this year, props to you! Keep in mind, no romantic dinner is complete without candle-lighting. Here are two lovely, last-minute options.

mason jar candles

Mason Jar Candles:

I remember being a kid and watching fireflies light up my backyard as the sun set on Virginia summer nights. We would capture the fireflies in mason jars and watch in amazement as their bodies lit with magic, before we released them again into the night sky. These gorgeous mason jar candles remind me of those days.

Here’s  how you can put these together.

Step 1: Fill the bottom of your mason jars with decorative vase filler. I love the clear ones because they reflect the candlelight beautifully.

Step 2: Fill your jars with water. I chose to fill the water at different levels to give each jar a different look.

Step 3: Carefully drop your floating candle in and light it. Decorate the neck of the jar with ribbon, or anything else you like. I used a dainty string of pearls, but they looked beautiful plain as well.

mason jar floating candle

Tin Can Lantern:

These tin can lanterns are another beautiful option, and require very few supplies. I love how the hearts are reflected onto the table. If the can is close enough to a wall they will create impressions on the wall also!

Step 1: Remove the label from a tin can and rinse out the inside.

Step 2: Fill the can with water and place it in the freezer until the water is completely frozen.

Step 3: Draw hearts on the tin can with a washable marker. I mistakenly tried to use a highlighter and it smeared off completely…smart Natalie!

Step 4: Set your can on a towel and position your nail along the outline of the heart. Carefully hammer small holes around the outline of the heart.

tin can lantern craft

Step 5: Wash the marker off the outside of the can and run it under warm water until the ice comes loose. If the bottom of your can is protruding from the ice expanding, lightly hammer it back in place.

Step 6: Set your candle inside the can and light it!

Warning: The can can get very hot, so use caution when moving it and avoid leaving it lit for extended periods of time.

These are great inexpensive wedding centerpieces as well!

mason jar candles and tin can lantern

(Special thanks to My Bride Idea and Gem Fatale for these lovely ideas.)


{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Susie January 30, 2012 at 3:54 am

The mason jar candles are awesome! I bet they’re great for setting the mood. I’ll be giving them a try.


Laura January 30, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Cute ideas!


Karen January 30, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Great ideas and simple, too. Very cute. Would love to do these in the summer.


Virginia P February 2, 2012 at 11:01 pm

I absolutely love the tin can idea!


Jarrett Wojewoda March 11, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Very interesting info!Perfect just what I was searching for!


Barbara Feldner November 21, 2012 at 6:43 am

I make copies of stars ,,,hearts or whatever you want on the printer and tape them to the can and punch them through the paper…. makes it easier for a more complicated design…


Natalie Schwab November 21, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Great tip!


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